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Learner perspectives on foreign language knowledge, interaction and motivation in a computer assisted language learning environment


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Mahnken, Phillip 2002 , 'Learner perspectives on foreign language knowledge, interaction and motivation in a computer assisted language learning environment', PhD thesis, University of Tasmania.

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Even as Computer Assisted Language Learning (CALL) expands, the study of Foreign
languages (FL) in Australia continually fails to achieve the goals described in policy or
recommended in empirical, speculative and evaluative research. At a time when active,
experiential and learner-centred education is valorised, a major gap in FL discourse is the
near-total absence of learner voices.
This educational study used ethnographic methods including an open-ended questionnaire to
investigate university learner perceptions of i) H knowledge; interactions meant to promote
FL knowledge construction; and iii) issues of motivation and connectedness. The paradigm
swings and oscillations in foreign language teaching methodology - from the Grammar
Translation Method to the communicative era - have collided with the advent of learnercentred
constructivism and a rethinking of the significance of intercultural learning. At the
same time, networked multimedia computers have sponsored expansion of Computer Assisted
Language Learning.
In this exploratory study in 1997, learners were introduced to a web-based component in their
second semester Indonesian language studies. Learner perspectives on what knowledge
construction may be mediated using this limited computer interactivity and what impact this
has on motivation and sense of connectedness were gathered for interpretive analysis.
Among findings are a clarification of the core mission of language teaching as promoting the
communicative power of learners, the role of FL teachers as negotiators of the curriculum, and
development of the emerging paradigm of Experiential, Intercultural Foreign Language
Learning. The interpretation also treats the significance of the personal and interpersonal in
Foreign Language Learning.

Item Type: Thesis - PhD
Authors/Creators:Mahnken, Phillip
Keywords: Language and languages, Second language acquisition
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Thesis (Ph.D)--University of Tasmania, 2002. Includes bibliographical references

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